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Tybee’s back in business with 13th annual Pirate Fest

  • The 13th annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest will be from Oct. 5-8. (Photo courtesy Tybee Island Pirate Fest)
  • The Pirate Victory Parade is from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 7 on Tybee Island. (Photo courtesy Tybee Island Pirate Fest)
  • The Tybee Island Pirate Fest king and queen will be honored at the Buccaneer Ball on Oct. 5. (Photo courtesy Tybee Island Pirate Fest)
  • The 13th annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest will be from Oct. 5-8. (Photo courtesy Tybee Island Pirate Fest)
  • The 13th annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest will be from Oct. 5-8. (Photo courtesy Tybee Island Pirate Fest)
 

Tybee’s back in business with 13th annual Pirate Fest

03 Oct 2017

Jenny Orr, president of the South End Association of Bars and Restaurants on Tybee Island, says that when they held the first Tybee Island Pirate Fest in 2005 and she was the first “queen” of the event, she never dreamed the festival would continue another 13 years and become such an integral part of Tybee’s hospitality industry.

“I just couldn’t imagine that Pirate Fest would go on to have such large crowds and community participation,” she adds.

The 13th annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest, organized by SEABAR, will be from Oct. 5-8. The event features live music, a parade, fun for kids and of course, lots of pirates.

The festival takes over the entire South Beach parking lot by Tybee Pier & Pavilion, from Tybrisa Street to 18th Street.

The annual event kicks off Oct. 5 with the Buccaneer Ball at The Crab Shack with live entertainment, food and drink. You must be 18 or older to attend, and don’t forget an ID for alcohol sales. The king and queen of the festival will be honored and this year’s ball is hosted by Dungeon Dan BlackHart, Kruel Kathy BlackHart and the Lady Lindsey Lee. Tickets are $50; check for availability before you arrive, since tickets typically sell out early.

The festival site near the Tybee Pier and the Strand parking lot will open at 5 p.m. Oct. 6. The festival features the fan-favorite Thieves Market and Orr says all the popular vendors from past festivals are returning. The site also features the Little Matey’s Cove for children and the Bud Light Whatever Bar.

Orr says one of the biggest draws for crowds this year is the live music. On Oct. 6, guests can enjoy the roaming antics and songs of Motley Tones and Irish punk band In For a Penny. The Midnight Riders, a Nashville-based Allman Brothers Tribute Band, will play at 7 p.m. with Big Engine on stage at 8:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 features many of the same attractions along with Orr’s favorite event, the Pirate Victory Parade, from 3-5 p.m.

“I love the parade because everybody — adults and children — dress up like pirates and have so much fun. I always find myself sitting back and doing a lot of people watching.”

Once the parade ends, the adults get ready for the Rogues, Wenches and Krewes Costume Contest near the pier — definitely a crowd favorite.

The entertainment for the evening will wrap up with local favorites Damon & the Sh!t Kickers and popular country musician Colt Ford taking the stage at 8:30 p.m.

“He’s a Georgia boy and a festival maniac. It will be a great show,” Orr says.

While the event is billed as a fun, family-friendly event, Orr, a local restaurant owner, is quick to note the importance of the event on the local economy.

“We depend on Pirate Fest to give us a big boost to our fourth quarter. … It’s just a wonderful weekend and after the hurricane shut us down for a bit, we want everyone to know that Tybee is back in business and ready to go.”

IF YOU GO

What: 13th annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest

When: Oct. 5-8

Where: South Beach Parking Lot by Tybee Pier, from Tybrisa to 18th

Cost: Ticket prices vary

Info: tybeeisland.com/pirates

SCHEDULE

Oct. 5

Buccaneer Ball at The Crab Shack. Tickets: $50 at eventbritecom. Early check-in from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at The Gift Shack.

5-11 p.m. Oct. 6

Festival at Strand parking lot

Tickets: $12 or free for kids 12 and younger

Thieves Market, Little Matey’s Cove with Pirate Encampment by Tybee Arts Association, petting zoo, bounce houses, live music, Bud Light Whatever Bar

Main Stage

Motley Tones

In For a Penny

7 p.m. Midnight Riders Allman Brothers Tribute Band

8:30 p.m. Big Engine

10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 7

Tickets: $15 or free for kids 12 and younger

Main Stage

Motley Tones

1-1:30 p.m. Children and pet costume contest

3-5 p.m. Pirate Victory Parade down Butler Avenue to the beach

5:30-6 p.m. Rogues, Wenches & Krewes costume contests

In For A Penny

Damon & the Sh!tkickers

8:30-10:30 p.m. Colt Ford

Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 8

Entertainment is to be determined. Check for updates at tybeeisland.com/pirates.

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